Album review – LAWLESS – R.I.S.E.

Lawless - R.I.S.E.

Escape Music [Released 08.12.14]

Quick follow-up from the band’s debut album ‘Rock Savage’ released last year sees Lawless carry on with their classy brand of melodic/classic Brit metal. The band feature two members of Demon – vocalist/rhythm guitarist Paul Hume and drummer Neil Ogden, Persian Risk guitarist Howie G and bassist Josh Williams (Headrush).

’1914 (Ghosts Of No Man’s Land)’ starts the album off with bagpipes and a spoken intro about how in the First World War thousands of pipers lost their lives. A heavy, yet poignant start to the album. They keep the pedal to the metal on ‘Twisted And Burned’ and ‘Rise’, the latter sounds like Demon’s more recent output. ‘Heaven’s Raining’ they add a little Far Eastern touch to the music and Howie G shines again with his guitar heroics. With its epic feel not a million miles from what Ten do so well.

‘Song For A Friend’ is the ballad on the album, a good chance for Paul Hume to show what a strong voice he has. The band do also peddle a couple of 80′s hair metal type songs, with the Whitesnake/The Cult approved ‘Kiss My Glass’  the pick of the crop. It is a corny of course but that’s the whole point, it’s a bit of ‘giggle music’ as Dame Coverdale calls it.

Lawless have released two very enjoyable albums and there are not many newer bands producing classic hard rock/metal in the style of bands like Saxon. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie



The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk was streamed on Sunday 22 November.

More about Josh:

David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 15 November 2020.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 17 November 2020

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Power Plays w/c 23 November (Mon-Fri)

L.A. GUNS All That You Are (Golden Robot Records)
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